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  • WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA POSTREL? Who speaks for libertarianism the Old Right or the Neocon Clones?

    04/08/2002 10:13:00 AM PDT · by H.R. Gross · 25 replies · 17+ views
    Antiwar.com ^ | April 8, 2002 | Justin Raimondo
    Behind the Headlines by Justin RaimondoAntiwar.com April 8, 2002 WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA POSTREL?Post-9/11: Who speaks for libertarianism – the Old Right or the Neocon Clones? A note from the author: I apologize, in advance, for the sheer length of this column, but since it addresses the sell-out of basic libertarian principles by people and institutions who purport to speak in its name, I thought it important to address these questions thoroughly, with extensive quotations from those I name. Too bad, in attacking Antiwar.com, these pathetic losers didn't do the same – but then what can one expect from craven...
  • Marx Voted Top Thinker By Brits

    07/14/2005 12:10:33 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 143 replies · 1,721+ views
    The Guardian ^ | July 14, 2005 | Charlotte Higgins
    In a shock result, Karl Marx has been voted the greatest ever philosopher following a poll by Melvyn Bragg's Radio 4 show In Our Time. In the public's poll, which assessed 20 philosophers, Marx, author of the Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital, got 27.93% of the 30,000 votes. In second place came David Hume with 12.67%, followed by Ludwig Wittgenstein with 6.8%. Plato trailed in fifth place and Socrates at eighth. Andrew Chitty, who, at Sussex University, teaches the UK's only MA in Marxist philosophy, said: "This shows that philosophy should take Marxism seriously. It is possible he won because...
  • Alexander the Great(Hamilton)

    07/04/2005 7:29:25 AM PDT · by kellynla · 23 replies · 1,301+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 4, 2005 | RICHARD BROOKHISER
    When I was a boy my family had a Time-Life book on the mind which featured a chart of the presumed IQs of famous dead men. Goethe, as I recall, led the pack, at 210. But the Founding Fathers did very well: Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington all scored over 150. As the Fourth of July approaches, we'd do well to remember that the Founders were a smart lot, with few gentleman's C's among them. Yet they didn't know everything. They were strongest in law, political philosophy and history--all essential subjects for revolutionaries and statesmen. But another subject,...
  • Wowed by the Miraculous

    01/13/2010 1:18:13 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies · 533+ views
    Challies Dot Com ^ | 1/13/2010 | Tim Challies
    “A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined” (David Hume). That quote, taken from the Scottish philosopher David Hume, would summarize what the average person believes about miracles. Miracles are impossible because they violate laws of nature, and the very nature of these laws dictates that they are inviolable. Certainly in discussing the Christian faith with unbelievers the Christian evangelist often encounters this...
  • Climate hysterics v heretics in an age of unreason

    08/03/2008 9:12:59 AM PDT · by Delacon · 29 replies · 106+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 04, 2008 | Arthur Herman
    IT has been a tough year for the high priests of global warming in the US. First, NASA had to correct its earlier claim that the hottest year on record in the contiguous US had been 1998, which seemed to prove that global warming was on the march. It was actually 1934. Then it turned out the world's oceans have been growing steadily cooler, not hotter, since 2003. Meanwhile, the winter of 2007 was the coldest in the US in decades, after Al Gore warned us that we were about to see the end of winter as we know it....
  • A Refutation Of Hume's Attack On The Principle Of Causality II

    04/07/2008 7:40:21 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 22 replies · 731+ views
    4/7/2008 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    David Hume was a Scottish philospoher well known for his attack on the principle of causality - the principle that nothing can occur or exist without a cause. He believed that although one event (set of impressions) always preceded another, this did not prove that the first event caused the second. The constant conjunction of two events, he said, built up the expectation that the second event would take place after the first. But this was nothing more than a strong belief or habit of mind taught by experience. One could never prove that there were causal connections among impressions....
  • Hume, Father of Postmodernism and Anti-rationalism—Part 2

    10/11/2007 4:49:16 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 9 replies · 381+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | 10/11/07 | Reginald Firehammer
    Hume, Father of Postmodernism and Anti-rationalism—Part 2 by Reginald Firehammer Perversion of "Empiricism" Hume's reduction of ideas to nothing more than fuzzy remembered images of actual perceptions is wrongly called empiricism. John Locke is the father of true empiricism, which is nothing more than a denial of innate (or a priori) knowledge and philosophical rationalism (the belief that knowledge can be derived by reason alone without reference to the perceived world) and insistence that all knowledge is derived and based on conscious experience of the world. For Locke, the world we are conscious of is objectively real, and it is...
  • Hume, Father of Postmodernism and Anti-rationalism—Part 1

    10/10/2007 8:12:38 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 62 replies · 1,012+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | 10/10/07 | Reginald Firehammer
    Hume, Father of Postmodernism and Anti-rationalism—Part 1 by Reginald Firehammer Postmodernism, according to the Public Broadcasting System, is: A general and wide-ranging term which is applied to literature, art, philosophy, architecture, fiction, and cultural and literary criticism, among others. Postmodernism is largely a reaction to the assumed certainty of scientific, or objective, efforts to explain reality. In essence, it stems from a recognition that reality is not simply mirrored in human understanding of it, but rather, is constructed as the mind tries to understand its own particular and personal reality. For this reason, postmodernism is highly skeptical of explanations which...
  • Hume, Father of Postmodernism and Anti-rationalism—Part 3

    10/12/2007 4:50:52 AM PDT · by Hank Kerchief · 4 replies · 220+ views
    The Autonomist ^ | 10/12/07 | Reginald Firehammer
    Hume, Father of Postmodernism and Anti-rationalism—Part 3 by Reginald Firehammer Multiculturalism and Ignorance The first of Hume's two destructive concepts referred to in the previous part of this article is found in "Section V, Sceptical Solution of These Doubts, Part I" where he introduces what he calls a "principle" that is his explanation and justification for believing in cause and effect. "This principle is Custom or Habit. For wherever the repetition of any particular act or operation produces a propensity to renew the same act or operation, without being impelled by any reasoning or process of the understanding, we always...
  • A Refutation Of Hume's Attack On The Principle Of Causality

    02/06/2007 7:35:30 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies · 459+ views
    Feb 6, 2007 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    David Hume was a Scottish philosopher well known for his attack on the principle of causality - the principle that nothing can happen or exist without a cause. 1.) He believed that although one event (set of impressions) always preceded another this did not prove that the first event caused the second. The constant conjunction of two events, he said, built up the expectation that the second event would take place after the first. But this was nothing more than a strong belief or habit of mind taught by experience. One could never prove that were causal connections among impressions....
  • Night Falls on Caracas, With No Carter in Sight -- Police raid Jewish school.

    12/03/2004 5:49:29 AM PST · by OESY · 6 replies · 586+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 3, 2004 | MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY
    It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. Slavery has so frightful an aspect to men accustomed to freedom that it must steal in upon them by degrees and must disguise itself in a thousand shapes in order to be received. --David Hume, Of the Liberty of the Press, 1742...Mr. Carter, having staked his "observer" reputation on this ridiculously lopsided game, sealed the fate of the Venezuelans when he rushed to anoint Chávez as the winner and advised Mr. Powell to do the same. This betrayal of a neighboring democracy may one day leave ugly...
  • NYP Book Review: A BETTER ENLIGHTENMENT re: THE ROADS TO MODERNITY, by Gertrude Himmilfarb

    11/14/2004 9:44:12 AM PST · by OESY · 11 replies · 908+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 14, 2004 | JAMES GARDNER
    ...Her book is thus animated by dismay and perplexity over the way the French Enlightenment is seen as the main intellectual event of the 18th century, whereas a parallel and in many respects more successful movement in Britain is routinely relegated to an inferior status. Her heroes, therefore, are not Voltaire, Diderot and Rousseau as much as Adam Smith, David Hume and Edmund Burke. In a similar spirit, she invokes and concurs with Hannah Arendt's notion that the American revolution, rather than the revolution in France, was the great political watershed of modern times. For Himmelfarb, the contrast between the...